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Latest on Tropical Storm Alex and GOM Spill Zone

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posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 07:45 AM
Tropical storm Alex has soaked Belize and is now projected to be heading for Mexico. It appears as of now the the GOM spill zone has dodged a bullet and the clean-up work can continue.

AP: BELIZE CITY — Tropical Storm Alex made landfall late Saturday on Belize's coast, where hundreds of tourists and residents fled low-lying islands ahead of the storm's arrival. Besides Belize, Alex's torrential rains were drenching Guatemala and Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast, where beachgoers were warned to stay out of the water because of rough surf. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph, was expected to weaken as it pushed its way across the Yucatan Peninsula then regain strength later Sunday as it entered the Gulf of Mexico. Alex appeared headed west of the massive oil spill in parts of the Gulf, but meteorologists warned that a storm's track can quickly change. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Alex was centered about 20 miles northwest of Belize City late Saturday evening. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Belize and Mexico's entire Caribbean coastline up to Cancun. Belize officials opened storm shelters in the island tourist resort of San Pedro, as some 1,400 people fled for the mainland by plane and by boat. Torrential downpours and heavy winds were reported on offshore islands Saturday afternoon. Shelters also opened in Belize City, where motorists formed long lines at gas stations and shoppers stocked up on water, canned food and other emergency supplies amid sporadic rain. Rough seas halted maritime traffic, and Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya-Flowers went on national radio to urge boaters to make for safe harbor. Nevertheless, she said, emergency plans were well under way and "we are prepared."

Lets hope these projections hold out....the people of the gulf need a break!

posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 08:13 AM
Poor Belize.

They and the whole peninsula get hammered mercilessly from these storms.

Sadly, in this region it is the epic amount of rain that causes most of the damage and not the winds. We can only hope the system remains disorganized and falls apart before hitting Mexico.

As the season progresses the storm systems will genrally march eastward. The Gulf states are next, then western Florida, then eastern Florida, then the Eastern Seaboard, then Canada where the systems are then called Nor'easters.

I think we have some time before the oil being spewed by the Board of Directors of BP will be a concern.

[edit on 27-6-2010 by mike_trivisonno]

posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 10:48 AM
BP evacuates personnel ahead of Tropical Storm Alex

FYI: The evacuations did not apply to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, BP spokesman Neil Chapman said.

posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 11:08 AM
How BP wants to start over in bid to contain Gulf oil spill

During the next two to three weeks, BP will make major changes at and above the well. Apparently BP wants to make the oil-collection system at the leaking well on the sea floor more hurricane-ready.

My guess however is that they want to get the hell out of there in case huge methane release eats them all alive.

A lot of good update information in the above link concerning what they are up to, which explains a lot of what we have seen during the last couple days.

[edit on 27-6-2010 by Divinorumus]

posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 11:20 AM
reply to post by Divinorumus

Wish I knew BP's definition of "non essential personnel". Thanks for the link!

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